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Postpartum Issues: Great article about postpartum OCD

Dr. Katie Godfrey

 

 

 

 

Thank you Dr. Katie Godfrey for sharing this article!

 

 

 

Beyond the Blues: Postpartum OCD

By Jonathan Abramowitz, Ph.D., ABPP

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Signs and Symptoms: Birth Trauma

Signs of Birth Trauma

  • Insomnia
  • Feeling “weepy” or tearful
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Panic
  • Irritability and angry outbursts
  • Nightmares about the birth
  • A desire to avoid baby or anything relating to baby
  • Feeling detached from baby or other loved ones
  • A sense that a disaster is imminent
  • Physiological and psychological reactions to reminders of the birth
  • Flashbacks of the birth experience
  • Lack of memory of the birth experience
  • Fear of becoming pregnant again, or of giving birth again

Birth Trauma is a Post-Traumatic Stress response to a childbirth experience that did not go as planned. It can be related to medical interventions, lack of control during pregnancy and/or birth, lack of support from partner and/or birth attendants, or previous traumatic experiences.

Birth Trauma Reactions are treatable and curable, and can affect mothers, fathers, and partners.

If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, please contact your health care provider or reach out to the therapists at The Catalyst Center.

You are not alone. We can help.

www.CatalystCenterLLC.com

720-675-7123

300 South Jackson Street, Suite 520

Denver, CO 80209

The Catalyst Center is a group practice specializing in the prevention and treatment of postpartum depression, anxiety, and trauma reactions.

Thank you to Dr. Katie Godfrey for help compiling this information!

Signs and Symptoms: Postpartum Anxiety

Signs of Postpartum Anxiety

  • Chest pains
  • Nausea
  • Racing or pounding heart
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hot or cold flashes
  • Irrational fears
  • Feeling agitated, restless, or irritable
  • Inability to sit still
  • Excessive concern about baby’s health or own health
  • Being on “high alert”
  • Appetite changes: often rapid weight loss
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep (other than baby waking)
  • Constant worry
  • Sensations of choking or trouble breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Trembling, rapid heart rate, numbness, or tingling sensations
  • Excessive worry or fears
  • Racing thoughts

Postpartum Anxiety is treatable and curable. It can occur during pregnancy or anytime in the first year of parenthood. Mothers and fathers are both susceptible.

If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, please contact your health care provider or reach out to the therapists at The Catalyst Center.

You are not alone. We can help.

www.CatalystCenterLLC.com

720-675-7123

300 South Jackson Street, Suite 520

Denver, CO 80209

The Catalyst Center is a group practice specializing in the prevention and treatment of postpartum depression, anxiety, and trauma reactions.

Thank you to Dr. Katie Godfrey for help compiling this information!

Signs and Symptoms: Postpartum Depression

Signs someone may be experiencing Postpartum Depression

  • Sadness
  • Chronic crying
  • Unexplained physical complaints
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Appetite changes
  • Sleep disturbances (other than baby waking)
  • Rapid weight gain or loss
  • Poor concentration or focus
  • A feeling of detachment from baby
  • Feeling angry and/or irritable
  • Hopelessness and helplessness
  • Feeling totally OVERWHELMED
  • Lack of feelings towards the baby
  • Inability to take care of self, baby, or family
  • Loss of interest, joy, or pleasure
  • Isolation
  • Thinking: “This doesn’t feel like me”
  • Mood swings
  • Feelings of worthlessness

Postpartum Depression is treatable and curable. It can occur during pregnancy or anytime in the first year of parenthood. Mothers and fathers are both susceptible.

If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, please contact your health care provider or reach out to the therapists at The Catalyst Center.

You are not alone. We can help.

www.CatalystCenterLLC.com

720-675-7123

300 South Jackson Street, Suite 520

Denver, CO 80209

Thanks to Dr. Katie Godfrey for compiling this information

The Catalyst Center is a group practice specializing in the prevention and treatment of postpartum depression, anxiety, and trauma reactions.